Tours guided by Homeless

SHADES TOURS organises moving tours
and activities in Vienna on socially
polarising topics.

Tours on Poverty & Homelessness

Vienna is the most liveable city in the world – but what do homeless people think? How do people get homeless? What challenges do homeless people face? How does the Viennese social system work? What is homelessness like in your country?

SHADES TOURS organizes moving tours guided by homeless people. Because… well, who else could explain this difficult topic and its issues better?


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What to expect from this tour?

Discover the different challenges that homeless people face and the diverse possibilities that the Viennese social system offers when people need it the most.

During this two hour long tour your guide – a (former) homeless person himself – will provide you with a mix of facts and personal stories that illustrate the complexity of homelessness.

Together we will walk along the thin line of poverty and wellfare. We will pass places that are related to homelessness and will make you realize the contrasts of the city. 

The content is homelessness, its challenges and the solutions that the city provides. While you are learning something new, you contribute to the re-integration of the guide into a stable living and housing situation. 


This is not a sightseeing tour – this is a tour about life.  It therefore is an educational tour on a socio-politic topic.


Please note that the tour does not visit shelters or expose homeless people. Our guides are affected by homelessness and reject social voyeurism, thus neither other homeless people will be showcasted, nor former hideouts are shown.


"Poverty is when you still have something to lose. When you are homeless, you have lost everything there was to lose"



Tours for groups

Max. 15 participants per guide. Duration of the tour is two hours.
Larger groups will be split on various guides on simultaneous tours.
Price per participant: € 18,–

* Special rates for student groups

If you haven’t found a date that suits your needs in the online shop, if you are at least 4 persons we’ll open up a new date for you!

Send us a mail with your preferred date and time. We would then open up a new tour in our online shop so that you can directly book online. 

In addition, we also organise private tours starting at € 144.- incl. 20% VAT (equivalent to 8 participants)